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2023 Budget: NPP has neglected Upper East Region – NDC

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The National Democratic Congress in the Upper East Region claims that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has not sufficiently served the region. The situation of neglect is made even more obvious in the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

The NPP was criticised for failing to adequately keep its commitments to the people of the Upper East Region in a statement that was signed by Jonathan Abdallah Salifu, the Upper East Region Communication Officer for the NDC, and copied to this website.

“The NPP both in opposition and government in 2016 and 2020 respectively made a lot of lofty promises to the good people of the Upper East Region and on the basis of these promises, they had the mandate of the people to form the government in the two respective periods.”

“In the lead up to the 2016 elections, the NPP promised to build for the region, a police hospital, a factory in each of the 15 districts in the region, construct one warehouse per each district, build 350 new Senior High Schools in the country, provide a million dollar each for all the 275 constituencies in the country and build small scale irrigation dams for the purposes of dry season farming in all the villages in the region in particular and the entire northern part of the country, failed to show any genuine and real commitment to these ill-thought-out and poorly designed promises as their first tenure came to pass with little or no evidence of work on same. At least, not a single block was moulded as a step to building the Police hospital in the region, the 1V1D promise later turned out to be mere dugouts that are not fit for purpose whilst the others, remained mere slogans with no effects on the lives of the people.”

To make matters worse, according to Mr. Abdallah Salifu, projects begun by the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama government were either unnecessarily delayed or abandoned completely.

“Even the Bolgatanga-Bawku- Pulmakom (BBP) road, the phase two of the Upper East Regional Hospital, the Community Day Schools (E-Blocks) at Yameriga in the Talensi District, Azee-Namoo in the Bongo District, Sapeliga in the Bawku West District, Tamni Dam in Garu, the Airport project, Rural Electrification projects, etc that were ongoing in every district across the l region aimed at connecting all villages in the region to the grid as part of efforts to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) targets on energy for all by 2030 among others that the visionary president, H. E. John Mahama’s government started and bequeathed to this government, they have either not been able to ensure that these projects are completed on schedule or have abandoned some of them altogether.”

See full statement below

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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